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I have pledged my support for a national strategy to prevent sudden cardiac death.

This will be important for the prevention of young sudden cardiac death and help ensure that hundreds of deaths of young people each year from these undiagnosed cardiac conditions can be prevented.

Every week, 12 apparently fit and healthy young (aged 35 and under) people in the UK die suddenly from an undiagnosed heart defect. In 80% of these cases, there will have been no signs or symptoms until it is too late, which is why Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) believes screening is so vitally important.

Any person aged 14-35 can go to to book an appointment for a free heart screening which includes an ECG. CRY also provides the follow up ultrasound test on the same day. CRY now tests around 30,000 young people each year and well over 190,000 since the screening programme was launched in 1995.

It cannot be right that we do not respond to the horrendous impact these conditions have on the family, friends and fabric of our local communities when left undiagnosed”.

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